‘Blue is not green’ says Renewable Hydrogen Coalition, urging EU Council to reject RED amendments

The Renewable Hydrogen Coalition has urged the Council of the European Union to reject an amendment to the Gas Directive, saying it would allow low-carbon hydrogen to meet renewable hydrogen targets.

In its policy position statement, the Coalition said, the amendment to the directive would allow member states to take into account low-carbon fuels to meet renewable hydrogen targets for industry and transport, in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Under the amendment, the RED would allow low-carbon hydrogen –  produced using nuclear power (pink hydrogen) or using natural gas combined with carbon capture and (blue hydrogen) –  to meet criteria for its targets, in addition to ‘renewable’ or ‘green’ hydrogen, powered by renewable energy without the use of fossil fuels.

Read more: Shades of hydrogen: Understanding grey, blue, and green

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